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Main Office

Department of
Counseling Psychology

School of Education
335 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-4807
Fax: 608/265-3347

Email: counpsych@education.wisc.edu
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The Department of Counseling Psychology is primarily a graduate department, offering an APA-accredited doctoral degree in counseling psychology (PhD) and a master's degree (MS) in counseling specializing in community counseling. The Department emphasizes the integration of multiculturalism and diversity into counseling psychology and is committed to multiculturalism broadly-defined in teaching, research, practice, and service.


“The Great Psychotherapy Debate:
The Evidence for What Makes Psychotherapy Work.” 

Congratulations to Drs. Wampold and Imel who recently published the second edition of Bruce Wampold’s, “The Great Psychotherapy Debate: The Evidence for What Makes Psychotherapy Work.” 
 “The Great Psychotherapy Debate: The Evidence for What Makes Psychotherapy Work,” has been updated and revised to expand the presentation of the Contextual Model, which is derived from a scientific understanding of how humans heal in a social context and explains findings from a vast array of psychotherapies studies.


Dr. Bruce Wampold is the Patricia L. Wolleat Professor of Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison, and the director of the Research Institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center in Vikersund, Norway.

When one publishes a book with the word debate in the title, one must be prepared for rebuttals.  In science, rebuttals are best presented as evidence.  In the 13 years since the first edition, there have been many arguments about what makes psychotherapy work, best characterized by a debate between proponents of evidence-based treatments and proponents of common factors.  This debate often mischaracterizes one side or the other, with more than a few instances when rhetorical accusations have predominated, rather than evidence. (Read More) BEW, Madison, Wisconsin, 1 April 2014

Dr. Zac Imel is a graduate of the department and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of  Psychiatry at the University of Utah.

Quite unintentionally, my psychology training began in small groups that were a part of church youth camps in the Red Rock Canyons of Oklahoma. I observed the work of talented group leaders who worked to replace emptiness and shame with acceptance and support. While many of my peers were taken with spiritual explanations for these experiences, in me they awoke an appreciation for open and emotionally charged relationships, providing an enduring template that continues to guide my relationships and informs my clinical work. (Read More) ZEI, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2014


The Department of Counseling Psychology is honored to promote the legacy of John R. Martins.
His generous estate-gift will impact the lives of others through the many students he helped train over the years that are carrying on his legacy through their work. Read more about Dr. Martins and his far-reaching influence on the field of Counseling Psychology.


APA-Accredited Internship Placements for 2015-2016

Abigail Lindemann
University of Wisconsin – Psychiatry

Sarah McArdell Moore
Jewish Child Care Association

Rachel Ocampo Hoogasian
Southern Arizona Psychology
Internship Center / La Frontera 

Congratulations to the Common Chill Factors, students and faculty from the department, who as a team raised $2,060 for the 2015 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. This year’s team consisted of Jake Diestelmann, Christopher Raines, Dustin Brockberg, Nancy Herrera, Robin Sereno, Robyn DeVries, Aaron Stumpf, and Drs. Budge and Hoyt.


Welcome to Dr. Lynet Uttal, who will join the CP faculty beginning in Fall 2015. Dr. Uttal uses community based research methods to inform and empower diverse communities and families, with an emphasis on immigrant adaptation, biculturalism, and multiculturalism. She is a senior scholar with expertise in qualitative methods and community-based research, and a history of applied research related to equity and social justice. 

Welcome to Dr. Stephanie L. Budge who is a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. Budge's research addresses (a) coping, social support and mental health symptoms for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans individuals, and (b) psychotherapy process and outcome. She is highly committed to social justice and in addition to her academic responsibilities provides counseling services through her private practice for trans clients on a free or sliding scale basis.

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The CP Training Clinic seeks to offer high-quality, cost- efficient, and multiculturally competent psychological and mental health services, including counseling and psychological assessment, to students and residents of Madison and the surrounding areas.

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